Ballard junior Gage Long is the Tri-County Times Athlete of the Week. Long qualified for the state wrestling tournament after placing second for the Ballard wrestling team at the Class 2A district meet in Huxley Saturday. Long went 2-1, pinning South Tama’s Kyler Smith, losing to ninth-ranked Lake Lebahn in a 3-2 battle during the finals then coming back to stick North Polk’s Easton White in a wrestleback to punch his ticket to state for the second year in a row. Long takes a 37-6 record into state, where he placed eighth a year ago.